September 2016


Salute to Ruby. 

It's not easy to say goodbye to Memphis royalty. Many knew Ruby Wilson, the Queen of Beale Street, as a performer and will remember her powerful presence as an advocate for the City of Memphis. Her music touched lives around the world. But what the tourists may not have seen was Ruby's commitment to philanthropy and community service. She loaned her voice for videos f or the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) and had a heart for giving.   She shared her wisdom with us saying, "A little bit can go a long way if you stir in some from other women too." 

Ruby,  Executive Director and CAO WFGM
2016 Annual Meeting
WFGM proudly shared our accomplishments as a backbone organization in the community at the Annual Meeting. Thank you to the more than 160 attendees for their support. Read more about our successful year in the Annual Report, see photos from the meeting, and hear the success stories from  grantee partner programs.

Thank you to the 2016 Power of the Purse™ Auction sponsors for your support. View a full list of sponsors so far here . The Power of the Purse will be held Thursday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission. Follow WFGM on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter and YouTube to join the conversation on the fun, food and fashion of this event using #POP16 as we countdown to the auction! Click here for more information.

Lunch and Learn with WFGM
The Women's Foundation hosted a power luncheon with the female leadership of Mayor Jim Strickland's administration. The group discussed the needs of women and children in the city, our Vision 2020 Strategic plan, and brainstormed collaborative efforts. 

Legends Award Art on Tour
The Legends Award Art Exhibition is on tour and will make its next stop at the Temple Israel on September 6-29. Legends Award Artists and Writers create works of art and prose that personify the Legends Award Honorees' accomplishments and contributions to this community. The collection of art and prose tours throughout Memphis, hosted by several companies and organizations. Since 2009, WFGM has honored 61 women. To learn more about the Legends Award Art Exhibition contact Grants and Programs Manager Patria Johnson at

Board Members Recognized as  Super Women in Business 
Congratulations to board members Toni Boland-Evans and Roquita Coleman-Williams, and former board member Susan Springfield.  All three women have been recognized as Super Women in Business by the Memphis Business Journal, which will honor the city's most influential women in business with the Fifth Annual Super Women in Business Awards. The program will be held Friday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. in The University of Memphis Holiday Inn and honors women in different industries who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution.

Toni Boland-Evans
Roquita Coleman-Williams
Susan Springfield

Board Co-Chair Receives One Smart Cookie Award
Jennifer Oswalt, WFGM Board Co-Chair, was honored in the philanthropy category at the One Smart Cookie Luncheon hosted by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South. Recipients of the award demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in the community. The inaugural event was held Thursday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton.
Women's Equality Day, President's Proclamation on Equal Pay
Friday, August 26 President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring  Women's Equality Day. The proclamation celebrated the passage of the 19th Amendment nearly 100 years ago, giving women the right to vote; discussed equal pay for women; acknowledged underrepresented women in non-traditional fields of work like STEM; and reminded citizens of the Affordable Care Act, preventing individuals from being charged higher premiums for being a woman
"On Women's Equality Day, as we recognize the accomplishments that so many women fought so hard to achieve, we rededicate ourselves to tackling the challenges that remain and expanding opportunity for women and girls everywhere." ( Read the entire proclamation.)

The Voter Registration deadline in Tennessee is Tuesday, October 11. Learn more about the voter registration process here. 

WFN Shares WFGM Success Stories
The Women's Funding Network (WFN) , a growing community of more than 100 women's funds and foundations spanning 20 countries, featured WFGM success stories in their Network News Weekly Read that went out to a community of 3,000 subscribers.  WFN will feature the video again in their Network News in September.

WFGM at Exposure 901
The Women's Foundation and the Young Women Philanthropists (YWP) were among 150 local organizations present at Exposure 901 Day.   Over 1500 people attended Exposure 901 Day hosted by New Memphis Institute in AutoZone Park on Thursday, September 1 to learn about ways to volunteer in the community. More than 40 people signed up to receive more information about volunteering with WFGM and YWP. The day ended with a celebrity kickball game on the AutoZone Park field and a fireworks show. 
WFGM Grantee Partners Make Impact in Zip Code 38126
The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis  Grantee Partners are making moves in the 38126 community to help accomplish the goals of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

WFGM co-sponsored the Community Resource Fair for Foote Homes Residents at the Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library on Saturday, August 27 where we assisted residents in 38126 with housing and educational information opportunities as well as supportive resources.  Grantee partner Southwest Tennessee Community College also attended with opportunities for female residents of 38126 to register for free classes to receive a Computer Software Specialist Technical Certificate.For more information contact Willie A. Burley, Interim Department Chair of Technologies at Southwest Tennessee Community College, at 901-333-4150.

"We hope residents take advantage of this great opportunity to advance their computer skills. The opportunity is great because a computer software specialist certificate will provide you with the literacy you will need for any industry."-Willie A. Burley, Interim Department Chair of Technologies Southwest Tennessee Community College

The Memphis Health Center Health Fair was held on Saturday, August 13 in celebration of National Health Center Week and the Re-Opening of the Memphis Health Center. Over 200 people attended the event which provided residents of zip code 38126 with community resources, health screenings, and giveaways. Women's Foundation staff was present to share information about our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan and grantee partner programs.

The Neighborhood Christian Center joined forces with the Mid-South Food Bank and members of Team 126 to host the NCC Mobile Pantry in zip code 38126 in August. Members of Team 126, a group of WFGM grantee partners that provide resources in zip code 38126, included Advance Memphis and Urban Strategies Memphis Hope. The organizations invited residents to receive resources and provided access to the mobile pantry. Over 265 households, the equivalent to approximately 1,060 people, were served in 38126 from the pantry.

"We are grateful to Women's Foundation for bringing attention to 38126 and allowing us to be included. As a result of this community engagement initiative we have now seen the greater need of that particular community and ways that we can better serve. It's been an honor to work alongside other partners in this initiative that have come out and been a part of the effort as well."-Ephie Johnson, President and CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Center
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Fun, Food, & Fashion
Thursday, October 27
6:30-8:30 p.m.
University Club of Memphis
1346 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Betty Hays Boutique
Community Fundraising Event
Thursday, September 15  
11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 
Farmington Center, 7820 Poplar Ave #3
Germantown, TN 38138
10% of sales go to WFGM.

The Treasure Chest
Community Fundraising Event
Saturday, September 24
11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
139 E.H. Crump Blvd
Memphis, TN 38106
A portion of the proceeds benefit WFGM.

Kendra Give Back Party
Enjoy Sips, Sweets, & Jewels 
Saturday, October 15
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Kendra Scott at Saddle Creek South 
7515 Poplar Ave, Ste. 105 
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone Orders Will be Accepted: 
20% of proceeds benefit WFGM.


The students of Booker T. Washington High School and LaRose Elementary School will receive backpacks, school supplies and uniforms as well as community resources during the Zip Code 38126, Back to School Project hosted by WFGM.

 The project will be held on Friday, September 16 at the schools at noon
and 1:30 p.m. respectively. 

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